The NFL announced late Wednesday night that the labor dispute between the league and the NFL Referees Association has come to an end, and the regular officiating crews will return for Thursday night's game between the Browns and Ravens in Baltimore. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, on Wednesday, the league and the officials agreed on the last major hurdle -- the creation of a developmental program for future referees.

FOXBORO -- After a year-plus of record-setting numbers, Rob Gronkowski hit a speed bump Sunday night against the Ravens.



FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was included on the team's injury report for the first time all season on Wednesday -- the Patriots quarterback was listed as having limited participation with a right shoulder issue. Brady was one of six players who were listed as limited, while five players did not practice: wide receiver Julian Edelman, tight end Aaron Hernandez, defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, offensive lineman Logan Mankins and defensive lineman Justin Francis. Here's the complete report:

Did Not Practice

FOXBORO -- After being fined $50,000 by the NFL for grabbing an official at the end of Sunday night's game in Baltimore, Patriots coach Bill Belichick accepted the penalty on Wednesday afternoon and issued an apology.

"It was inappropriate for me to contact the official," Belichick said. "I take responsibility for what happened. I accept the discipline, and I apologize for the incident Sunday night in Baltimore."

FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman was among five Patriots not in attendance for practice Wednesday on the grass training fields in shorts and shells. Edelman injured his left hand Sunday night and did not play in the second half. 

Also missing Wednesday were Aaron Herandez, Brandon Deaderick, Logan Mankins and Justin Francis. 

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FOXBORO -- The NFL announced Wednesday that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been fined $50,000 for "impermissible physical contact with an official" following Sunday night's 31-30 loss to the Ravens. 

Seeking clarification on whether Baltimore's game-winning field goal would be reviewed, Belichick grabbed the arm of official Esteban Garza, who continued running off the field. Belichick explained on Monday that he did not intent to disrespect the official and that he simply wanted to know whether the play would be reviewed. 

The Patriots on Wednesday announced the signing of defensive lineman Terrell McClain. Marcus Fortson, a defensive tackle who was signed as an undrafted free agent in April, was released to make room on the roster.

McClain, a 6-foot-2, 291-pounder from South Florida, was chosen in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Panthers. He had 19 tackles (12 unassisted) and one sack in 12 games last season. After failing to impress this preseason, he was cut on Sept. 2 when Carolina signed former Bills defensive lineman Dwan Edwards.

McClain will wear No. 93 in New England.

According to a report on NFL.com, the punishment for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who grabbed a referee after Sunday night's loss to the Ravens, will be announced Wednesday afternoon, and it will include a fine.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh will not be fined for his behavior Sunday, according to multiple reports. Harbaugh was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the fourth quarter of the game.

Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan reportedly was fined $25,000 for berating officials following his team's 38-31 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.

The 2011 Patriots were one of the better teams in the league when it came to finishing off drives -- they were fourth in the league when it came to red-zone touchdowns, clicking at a rate of 65.1 percent. But through three games in 2012, the red-zone numbers for the New England offense have dropped to 6-for-12, or 50 percent.



Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday afternoon that Julian Edelman, who left Sunday's loss to the Ravens early with a left hand injury, is still being evaluated, and the team is unsure as to whether or not the receiver will be able to practice on Wednesday.